Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 07/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bobby Vinton made quite a career out of a very limited vocabulary of song titles, a worked within a fairly narrow prism of subjects and styles. Yet in so doing he was immensely successful, and this Polish Adonis ripped up the charts with a number of hits including his first smash "Blue Velvet", "Tell Me Why", and "There! I've Said It Again". He was on the top ten charts almost continually throughout the early 1960s, and I remember hearing "Mr. Lonely" (about a soldier far away from home) when I myself was in fact a soldier a long, long way from home in 1965. It was eons and eons ago.I also remember hearing "Coming Home Soldier" about the same time frame, and being impressed with his awareness of how many of us were in fact coming and going. And he had quite a run of hits, also including "Please Love Me Forever", "Blue On Blue", and "I Love How You Love Me". He also hit the charts with "Roses Are Red (My Love", one of his biggest hits, and with a cover of Johnny Tillotson's smash hit "Take Good Care Of my Baby". I understand he still tours, although he must be a little long in the tooth for such stuff nowadays. This is all good music, and it is always a pleasure to listen to. Enjoy"
Bobby Vinton's hits from the very early years (1962-1964)
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 05/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In 1964 the Beatles started a remarkable run at the top of the Billboard pop charts. On February 1, 1964 "I Want to Hold Your Hand" became the #1 song in the U.S. and stayed there for seven weeks, at which point it was replaced by "She Loves You" for two weeks, and then "Can't Buy Me Love" for five weeks. I bring this all up because before that epic 14 week run, the artist who had been at the top of the charts for the entire month of January 1964 was Bobby Vinton, with his third #1 hit, "There! I've Send It Again!" The previous year Vinton had spent four weeks on top with "Roses Are Red (My Love" and another three with "Blue Velvet." Vinton had his last #1 near the end of 1963 with "Mr. Lonley," but by then the face of popular music had changed. Going into 1963 Vinton was well on his way to being the crooner for the Sixties, but then came the Beatles and the British Invasion. Despite suddenly being out of vogue, Vinton had a pretty good career throughout the decade. You might be surprised to find out that in the first decade of his career Vinton had 28 songs make it to the Billboard Top 40. The problem with this collection of his "Greatest Hits" is that it is a reissue of a 1964 collection, so while it has all of his #1 hits it is missing everything else he did for the next eight years or so. Even the 1966 follow-up to this album, "More of Bobby Vinton's Greatest Hits" misses the best of the rest as well. Interesting notes: It was not really until David Lynch's film "Blue Velvet" that the title song became the singer's signature tune and Vinton co-wrote "Mr. Lonely.""
An engaging mix of old hits and contemporary material.
Steven F. Albert | Plainville, MA USA | 05/10/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Curb's entry in Vinton's "Greatest Hits" catalog, (two other CD's Epic's original 1964 release and a Sony 1993 release share the title) this collection offers an engaging mix of old hits and new material. Highlights are many and include Vinton's latest major hit "The Last Rose" which climbed the country charts in 1991. This album also features the first digital version of "My Melody of Love" to be released. Vinton's 1974 smash re-ignited his career and led to his own televison show. This album contains some material from his now discontinued first Curb album including strong performances on "I Go To Pieces" and a must-hear "I've Always Loved You" which proves Vinton still has the pipes that sold 50 million records in his heyday."
Good, But Not Complete
Barron Laycock | 06/27/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Contains all original recordings between 1962 - 64, each one making the top 40. Obviously, Vinton's career was not the same after the British Invasion, but he did chart more hits well into the early 80s, and this CD does not include them. So as far as early hits go, this is a great CD, but for a more complete picture of Vinton, you'll need more."
Just some of Bobby's earlier hits
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 01/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bobby Vinton is among my favorite male vocalists from the years before "The British Invasion." Bobby sang with such passion that you were instinctively drawn in to listen to him sing; and he always gave his adoring audiences nothing short of his very best. That's admirable! This CD focuses on the years 1962-1964 before "The British Invasion."
"Blue Velvet," a song written partly by Bobby Vinton himself, sounds as fresh and new today as it did the first time I ever heard it! The percussion and the chorus are great; but it's Bobby who carries this song and he makes it into a great short story about the woman he loves in her blue velvet dress. I predict that you will enjoy "Blue Velvet" very much.
"Roses Are Red (My Love)" is a tender and somewhat melancholy love ballad that couldn't sound better than when Bobby sings it; and his excellent diction bolsters his performance. The chorus enhances the natural beauty of this number. "Mr. Lonely" may have referred to men fighting for their country overseas when this song was released; but I think that just about any man lonesome for his sweetheart can relate to this fine tune.
"There! I've Said It Again" is another highlight of this album; the melody is beautiful and Bobby sings this like a pro! Bobby sings with all his heart and soul; and the musical arrangement lacks nothing--it's THAT good.
"Rain Rain Go Away" has a singular beauty to it; and the guitar arrangement works wonders for this ballad. The album ends with "Tell Me Why;" and this passionate ballad makes a strong ending for this album. I love how Bobby's vocals describe his girlfriend and when Bobby sings "Tell Me Why" it pulls at your heartstrings and becomes a most memorable number.
The cover artwork is nicely done.
Bobby Vinton still tours today and that's terrific. His work on this disc proves this he is full of energy and the high quality control of Bobby's artistry makes him an iconic singer of the twentieth century. I highly recommend this album. "